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Studio Tour 2009, plus a give away.

2 Oct 2009

 

Cate came up with the idea of a studio tour and I love seeing where people create. I couldn't pass this opportunity up. 
This will be a photo intense entry and I am going to upload my latest Video Prompt too. I have put off blogging all week just for today.

This was given to me by Kristine Mays, it was intended to help me rust fabrics, but I have used it as art ever since. Kristine's work is great. She can create cloth out of wire. Just amazing.

Here is my video tour:

You can imagine that I love having doors to hide all this stuff. MESS-SY.

But you have to make a mess to create stuff.

This Inspired to Quilt Video Prompt (#6) is about color mixing. This is an exercise that I would have scoffed at early in my creative development. But I ask that you not follow my lead in this respect. Creating a color wheel will help teach very basic concepts and ideas about color, value and hue. If you follow that up with creating color gradations, you willreally get a feel for each color.

Here is a close up of my color wheel.

I entered a piece named Happiness in an online contest called Nature's Best. This is in the small projects category and I would love to win. Vote for me, vote Happinessplease?

I am also going to host a give away. Leave a comment telling me about where you create, if you have dedicated space or a 6x9 foot sewing closet like mine and you will be entered to win a copy of my DVD. The contest will end in one week on Saturday, *October* 10. Especially leave a comment to your blog, if you are participating. Either way, you have a chance-no worries if you do not have a blog!

I hope you win.

 

 


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MishkaOttawa wrote
on 2 Oct 2009 7:21 PM

Hi Melanie, Thanks for blogging about the contest on my site.  Good luck.

My creative space is 1-3 to 1/2 my living room, about 8x8' space.  It's open concept and one wall is 1/2 windows, so no place for a design wall.  I love the natural light, and hope to have a portable design board soon.

Cheers,

Michele

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on 3 Oct 2009 4:08 AM

Hi Melanie,  I voted for you  :)  You can see my creative space on my blog:  suebleiweiss.typepad.com/sueb

dragonfly12 wrote
on 3 Oct 2009 4:52 PM

Melanie! I love your art, I just discovered art quilting and it's a blast. I have changed my grown-up son's room into my space. It's tiny- But there is a big closet- absolutely stuffed al the way to the ceiling. But it's all mine and I made all the art on the walls

I hope you know you are an inspiration- I love your birds!

Susan

NollyPosh wrote
on 3 Oct 2009 9:19 PM

Fabulous and Thankyou for the tour X:-)

colorific wrote
on 4 Oct 2009 9:05 PM

Currently my studio consists of a small buffet table, a sewing table and a refrigerator in the garage. Everything is in different rooms. Making anything requires going up and down the stairs.

I think that you meant October on the giveaway (not September). ;)  Love the kite.

postalorphan wrote
on 5 Oct 2009 4:46 PM

I have a spare bedroom dedicated as my art room; however, lately it has become more of a storage room than anything else because I keep acquiring more stuff and have less time to do anything with it. That's a trend that I desperately need to reverse!

Oh, and your quilt is stunning - I voted for it. It was my favorite out of the whole group! I love abstract artsy quilts.

SandraB. wrote
on 6 Oct 2009 1:45 PM

Dang! Too late to vote as contest ended two days ago but loved seeing all the beautiful quilts.

My studio is a 12x12 farm building formerly used to cure hams, bacon, etc. We decided to save the building and along the way, it was re-born as a studio for me.

It overlooks the beautiful Appalachian Mountains and my small flock of rare breed Shetland sheep, Romney, Merino and cross bred sheep and hypoallergenic American Curly horses.

Please read about it on 5 October 2009 blog entry; we were traveling and I couldn't post on 3 Oct.

The blog studio tour has been great fun; many thanks for hours of enjoyment. I've also enjoyed the Studio issue, lots of great ideas!

Jody Johnson wrote
on 6 Oct 2009 8:44 PM

Hi Melanie. I don't blog but I do have a creative space in my house. I put my 2 girls together in one room and have taken over the extra bedromm (~8 x 10). I love having a space to myself that I can leave a mess and just close the door. Prior to that, I had all my stuff in the kid's play area......Needless to say many things went missing!

By the way, I love your art and have just ordered your book. Can't wait to receive it and start trying some of the stuff in it this winter!

on 6 Oct 2009 10:22 PM

Mells,  I made my dye color wheel today using the three bright colors you recommend - yellow, turquoise and fuchia.  I really like these three colors because I really like brights.  I had a great time making the color wheel.  Sometimes I wonder if I am just being silly getting so excited about something so simple!  But then I realize it's just because I love creating so much and I'm okay with that!   The color wheel will be on my blog first thing Wednesday morning:  somethingcleveraboutnothing.blogspot.com

I also posted a picture of it to the Video Prompt picture wall.

Emma47 wrote
on 10 Oct 2009 11:08 AM

Hi Melanie, love your work. I'm new to this blogging lark, can sometimes travel for miles & get pretty lost - inspiring, even tho it can keep me out of my studio, which is a good size with a display area but I never put anything away & drive myself mad. I love a creative mess tho!  Emma

Emma47 wrote
on 10 Oct 2009 11:08 AM

Hi Melanie, love your work. I'm new to this blogging lark, can sometimes travel for miles & get pretty lost - inspiring, even tho it can keep me out of my studio, which is a good size with a display area but I never put anything away & drive myself mad. I love a creative mess tho!  Emma